• Adventure, Ecological, Sightseeing, Wildlife

12 Day Madagascar Tour

  • Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Madagascar, Morondava
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  • English, French


Discover the incredible wildlife and scenic landscapes of Madagascar on this 12-day tour. Get up close with lemurs, the island’s most famous inhabitants, as you explore tropical forests, nature reserves, and national parks. Marvel at the Tsingy de Bemaraha’s limestone pinnacles and walk beneath the cascading pools of Anja Reserve. Stroll the spectacular Baobab Avenue lined with ancient baobab trees. Spot the panther chameleon, one of the world’s most colorful reptiles. Among the tour highlights is Kirindy Forest, home to rare nocturnal mammals. Embark on a magical night walk and spot mouse and dwarf lemurs under the moonlight. At Andasibe National Park, trek through lush rainforest listening to the calls of the indri, the largest living lemur. Enjoy a nocturnal visit to observe sleeping chameleons and mouse lemurs. With its incredible biodiversity and stunning landscapes, Madagascar is a nature lover’s paradise.


Upon arrival at Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, you will be warmly greeted by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. After check-in and time to refresh, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive approximately 120km west to the town of Ampefy. Nestled in the Itasy volcanic highlands, Ampefy is primarily an agricultural community. Spend the afternoon strolling through town and taking in the slower pace of life.

This morning we will visit Chute de la Lily, a picturesque 26-meter waterfall flowing from an old volcanic crater. The falls were renamed Lily by a colonial settler after his daughter. We will also see the geysers of Ampefy, where hot sulfuric springs bubble up from the volcanic ground. The local mud is said to have healing properties. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, soaking in the natural beauty of this region.

Bidding farewell to Ampefy, we wind our way towards Antsirabe, Madagascar’s “Vichy,” renowned for its invigorating mineral water bubbling from the very earth. As we journey through the countryside, prepare to be dazzled by a tapestry of landscapes – rolling hills, verdant valleys, and perhaps even the majestic silhouettes of volcanic peaks. Upon reaching Antsirabe, the city’s vibrant energy washes over you. This economic powerhouse of Madagascar hums with a unique blend of industry and historical charm. Step back in time with a visit to the former palace of King Mohamed V of Morocco, now transformed into the elegant Hotel des Thermes. Immerse yourself in the regal echoes of a bygone era. Whether you yearn for rejuvenation in the city’s renowned thermal springs, wander through bustling markets like Sabotsy, or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere, Antsirabe has something for everyone. Tonight, rest and recharge at the cozy Plumeria Hotel (or similar), ready for tomorrow’s adventures.

Get ready for a day of contrasts as we leave the vibrant energy of Antsirabe and embark on a scenic journey to Morondava, a coastal haven 500 kilometers away. Buckle up and hold onto your hats, because today’s adventure takes us along the legendary Route Nationale 34, also known as the “Red Road.” As we delve deeper into the Menabe region, prepare to be awestruck by the Martian-like landscape. The arid ground explodes in a fiery shade of red, creating a dramatic and unforgettable panorama. Halfway through our journey, we’ll refuel with a delicious lunch break in Miandrivazo, a charming town known for its laid-back vibes and friendly locals. After recharging our batteries, we’ll hit the road again, leaving the red dust trails behind us as we approach Morondava. Tonight, we’ll unwind and relax at the cozy Baobab Café or similar accommodation (breakfast included), lulled by the gentle rhythm of the Malagasy night.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll embark on a thrilling expedition to Kirindy Forest, a 60-kilometer adventure from Morondava. Brace yourself for a bumpy ride, but trust us, the destination is worth it! Passing through the iconic Baobab Avenue, a surreal lane lined with these majestic giants, we’ll arrive at the heart of this dry deciduous forest. Kirindy Forest is a haven for unique and fascinating creatures, and today, we’ll be on the hunt for the elusive fossa. This solitary predator, often described as a mix between a dog and a fox, is the top carnivore in the lemur world. Agile climbers and swift runners, fossas were immortalized as the villains in the beloved animated film “Madagascar.” Keep your eyes peeled, for a glimpse of this elusive creature is a true rarity! But Kirindy Forest offers more than just fossa sightings. This protected area is also home to the world’s smallest lemur, the adorable Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur. Be sure to keep an eye out for a flurry of tiny brown fur darting through the branches! And let’s not forget the diverse birdlife and reptiles that call this forest home. Each rustle of leaves and chirp of a bird promises a new discovery. After a thrilling wildlife encounter, we’ll head back to Morondava, making a pit stop at the awe-inspiring Baobab Avenue as the sun dips below the horizon. Witness the majestic silhouettes of these ancient trees painted in fiery hues of orange and gold – a truly unforgettable spectacle. Finally, we’ll return to our lodge, hearts full of wonder and memories etched in our minds. Another day in Madagascar comes to a close, leaving us eager for the adventures that await tomorrow.

Savor the freedom of choice on this relaxing day in Morondava. Whether you crave the gentle caress of the ocean breeze on your sun-kissed skin or prefer to delve into the local culture, the day is yours to mold. For beach bums, Morondava boasts a stunning coastline waiting to be explored. Sink your toes into the warm sand, soak up the sun’s golden rays, and let the rhythmic lull of the waves wash away your worries. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters, snorkel amongst colorful coral reefs, or try your hand at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding. If cultural immersion is your calling, then the charming fishing village of Betania beckons. Wander through the bustling streets, where time seems to slow down, and witness the vibrant life of the local fishermen. Admire their colorful boats bobbing on the waves, haggle for fresh seafood at the market, and savor a delicious lunch of Malagasy specialties at a family-run restaurant. As the sun begins its descent, painting the sky in fiery hues, return to your lodge for a peaceful evening. Reflect on the day’s adventures, indulge in a delectable Malagasy dinner, and let the gentle hum of nocturnal life lull you into a restful sleep.

Bid farewell to Morondava and embark on the scenic journey back to Antsirabe. As you retrace your steps along the Red Road, soak in the dramatic landscapes once more. The fiery red earth unfolds like a Martian canvas, dotted with the silhouettes of baobab trees reaching towards the sky. Make a pit stop in Miandrivazo, a town known for its laid-back vibes and delicious culinary scene. Refuel with a hearty lunch before continuing your journey. As you arrive in Antsirabe in the evening, the cool mountain air and twinkling city lights offer a welcome contrast to the day’s arid adventures. Settle into your cozy hotel, a haven of warmth and comfort. Savor a steaming cup of Malagasy tea and relive the memories of the past two days. Antsirabe awaits with its thermal springs, vibrant markets, and historical charm. Rest well, for tomorrow, a new adventure awaits in the lush rainforests of Andasibe.

Rise and shine for an exciting day of exploring Andasibe National Park, a verdant jewel nestled in the eastern highlands of Madagascar. As you leave Antsirabe behind, the landscape transforms into a fertile paradise, teeming with fruit and vegetable stalls showcasing the region’s abundance. Witness local farmers tending their fields, a timeless tapestry of human and nature in perfect harmony. Halfway through your journey, make a fascinating detour to a reptile farm near Antananarivo. Here, you’ll encounter a kaleidoscope of reptilian wonders, from chameleons changing their colors to playful tenreks scampering through the undergrowth. Learn about the unique adaptations of these creatures and marvel at their beauty. As dusk falls, arrive at Andasibe and embark on a captivating night walk through the rainforest. Guided by a local expert, you’ll delve into the nocturnal world of the forest, searching for the elusive mouse lemur, the smallest primate in the world. Observe chameleons camouflaged against the leaves and listen to the symphony of nighttime sounds that fill the air. This nocturnal adventure is a testament to the local community’s commitment to ecotourism and sustainable land management. Their dedication ensures the protection of this precious ecosystem and enriches the experience for visitors like you. Rest your head after this immersive exploration at a comfortable hotel in Andasibe, ready to dive deeper into the rainforest’s wonders t

After a hearty breakfast, get ready to explore the depths of Mantadia National Park, a primary rainforest teeming with life. From its starting point 14 kilometers from Andasibe village, prepare for a moderate hike that will test your physical fitness as you navigate steep slopes and dense foliage. This 3-hour trek will reward you with breathtaking encounters with the iconic black and white ruffed lemur, the red-bellied lemur, and the common brown lemur. Keep your eyes peeled for shy birds flitting through the branches, including the spectacular scally ground roller and the pitta-like ground roller. Mantadia is also a kingdom of orchids, with species like Cymbidiellas falcigera and Bulbophyllum ameleni gracing the forest floor. Breathe in the fresh air and let the symphony of life wash over you as you immerse

The vibrant rainforest beckons again on this exciting day in Andasibe. After a delicious breakfast, join your local guide for a captivating exploration of the Perinet Reserve, a treasure trove of biodiversity. This lush rainforests boasts 14 different lemur species, promising encounters with these captivating primates in their natural habitat. As you traverse the verdant canopy, keep your ears perked for the haunting yet beautiful song of the indri-indri, the largest lemur of Madagascar. Imagine the thrill of capturing its majestic form through your lens, a memory to cherish forever. Be prepared for opportunities to indulge in macro photography, capturing the intricate details of insects, flowers, and the like. After immersing yourself in the wonders of the rainforest, return to your lodge for a well-deserved lunch. Refueled and energized, embark on a fascinating afternoon adventure to Vakona Reserve, the “Island of Lemurs.” This unique sanctuary, an artificial island surrounded by freshwater, offers an exceptional chance to observe lemurs at close range. Stroll through the island and meet playful eastern bamboo lemurs, the ever-curious common brown lemurs, and the charismatic black and white ruffed lemurs. Witness their fascinating social interactions, playful leaps, and endearing antics. These close encounters offer a deeper appreciation for these gentle giants and their crucial role in the rainforest ecosystem. As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, casting long shadows through the trees, return to your Andasibe hotel. Savor a delicious dinner, reflecting on the day’s discoveries and marveling at the memories you’ve created. Tomorrow, a final journey awaits in the bustling capital of Antananarivo.

Waking to the symphony of the rainforest, enjoy a final breakfast in Andasibe before embarking on your journey back to Antananarivo. The 135-kilometer drive offers another chance to soak in the verdant landscapes and bid farewell to the captivating flora and fauna you’ve encountered. Depending on the time and your preferences, a stop at a bustling souvenir market near the capital could be the perfect opportunity to pick up unique Malagasy handicrafts and mementos of your journey. Finally, arrive in Antananarivo, ready for your next adventure, whether it’s exploring the city’s historical charm or catching your flight back home.

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